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PNS Daily Newscast - February 20, 2018 


A day in court for the alleged Florida school shooter. Also on our nationwide rundown: a 24-hour hotline "reignites" to support immigrants; and a new study finds prescription drugs in the Hudson River, from Troy all the way to New York City.

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Public News Service - MN: Social Justice

Critics of the Trump budget proposal warn it could reverse efforts to get healthy, local foods to low-income Minnesota families. (Marco Verch/FlickR)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Trump budget proposal would cut almost $20 billion next year from Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), once commonly known as food stamps. More than 600,000 Minnesotans benefit from SNAP and could be affected, according to Colleen Moriarty, executive directo

According to the United Nations, U.S. spending on pharmaceuticals is at least 30 percent higher than in other high-income countries. (Kiran Foster/FlickR)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – As the price of prescription drugs keeps going up and Congress provides no solution, states are beginning to take matters into their own hands. States have regulatory authority and the economic power to buy medicine in bulk. So Seth Boffeli, communications director for AARP

A mural in Memphis depicts the sanitation workers' strike 50 years ago. (Xzelenz/Wikimedia)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – This year marks the 50th anniversary of death of the slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. And the union that represents thousands of public sector employees in Minnesota is reminding America that workers died for the cause that year too. AFSCME on Thursday is

Between 2008 and 2016, Minnesota's crime rate dropped 24 percent while the incarceration rate rose 1 percent. (Dave Nakayama/FlickR)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – A new study from The Pew Charitable Trusts found that incarceration rates fell across the nation from their record high 10 years ago. Crime rates also fell, but in Minnesota, while the crime rate has dropped, too, the incarceration rate has risen slightly. Kelly Mitchell

An estimated 100,000 demonstrators showed up at the State Capitol in St. Paul, Jan. 21, 2017. (Dan Luke)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – President Donald Trump was inaugurated Jan. 20, 2017. More than 100,000 Minnesotans remember Jan. 21, 2017 as the day they marched for women's rights. Most rallied at the State Capitol, but there were protests in Greater Minnesota, too. Demonstrations this weekend will

The groups ISAIAH and Faith in Minnesota want to engage more people of color in 2018 statewide political campaigns. (Brian Fullman)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The day before the holiday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is the perfect time to get organized for the upcoming political season, according to the nonprofit groups ISAIAH and Faith in Minnesota. ISAIAH community organizer Brian Fullman says the goal is to get people mo

The updated Minnesota Protocol is also known as The Revised United Nations Manual on the Effective Prevention and Investigation of Extra-legal, Arbitrary and Summary Executions. (Falcon Photography)

MINNEAPOLIS – A nonprofit group in Minnesota has written – and most recently, helped revise – guidelines to protect human rights. Those guidelines are known as the Minnesota Protocol, although they are better known and more widely used outside the state. The guidelines were dev

The annual Memorial March for the Homeless draws hundreds every December. (Simpson Housing Services)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Hundreds of marchers will take to the streets in Minneapolis Thursday evening to remember people who died from lack of housing. It's the 33rd annual Homeless Memorial March. Kirsten Rokke with the Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless said the first march took place in 1984, when

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